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80 spikes. Elk hunting seasons were held from September to November 2011 with 57 elk licenses (19 antlered, 38 antlerless) issued. Hunters harvested 53 elk (19 antlered and 34 antlerless). Included in this harvest was a new state record nontypical bull that scored 442-6/8, which the Boone & Crockett Club ranks in the top 10 in the world. Wildlife health activities focused on chronic wasting disease (CWD) 2011-12 surveillance, risk factor mitigation and response planning. The PGC’s CWD Operational Plan and the Commonwealth’s Interagency CWD Response Plan were updated to prescribe response activities to be taken as CWD is detected closer to Pennsylvania. Revisions to the regulation giving the Executive Director authority to make Emergency Orders in various CWD scenarios were approved at the April 2010 Commission meeting. Subsequently 3,768 CWD samples were collected over three days from heads collected by deer aging teams across the state. These samples were forwarded to University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center for testing and CWD was not detected. Another 42 deer and 4 elk were tested in the course of cause of death investigations, and 56 were obtained from road-killed deer. USDA WS personnel culled deer on the Valley Forge National Historic Park; 233 were tested, and CWD was not detected. Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) was documented in numerous captive and one wild deer in Northampton County. It was also confirmed in a captive deer in Erie County. Vector traps were deployed in the vicinity of the Northampton County cases to determine which species of the midge was carrying the virus, and if other virus serotypes were present. No exotic species of either were found. Bear populations were monitored using several sources of data, including: a statewide capture and tagging program; mandatory check stations during the hunting season; aging of teeth collected from roadkilled, captured or harvested bears; assessment of reproduction during visits to dens of hibernating bears fitted with radio-collars; and a statewide wildlife food survey. Lindsey Greenleaf In all, 801 bears from 52 counties were captured and ear-tagged during 2011 in advance of the fall hunting seasons. Based on the ratio of tagged-to-untagged bears observed in the harvest, the 2011 statewide bear population was estimated at 17,831 bears, almost identical to the previous year’s estimate. Sufficient data were collected to estimate WCO BRIAN SINGER releases a nuisance bear caught in bear population size in the Westmoreland County. The 7-year-old nearly 500-pound 14 WMUs that comprised bear had been caught and released six times since 2009 the entire primary bear before being relocated to the wilds of Elk County. range.
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Since this publication went to press, CWD was found in a captive deer in Pennsylvania.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013
Contents
PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
Late Season Grouse
Then and Now
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Late Season Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Then and Now
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Crossings
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